Monday, October 12, 2009

Called

Yesterday I was called to serve as second counselor in our Ward's Young Women Presidency. I am THRILLED to say the least. I love working with the youth, and I know I will learn so much from the sisters that I have been called to serve with.

You can learn more about the Young Women organization here.

I have such fond memories of being in the Young Women program. The leaders were such great examples and taught me so many things.  I know there were times when I took problems to them that I couldn't take to my parents (love you Mom and Dad, but I was a teenager), and they were always there for me.  I really hope I can follow in their footsteps and be a positive force in these girls' lives.

I also have some horrible memories from the Young Women program.  Let's face it, you put any number of teenage girls together in a group like that and there is bound to be some drama.  The point is not for things to be perfect all the time, but to learn from the different personalities and to move forward.  I know its not all fancy handouts and singing happily around the campfire, but I am up for it.

Things have changed a bit since I was in Young Women.  They added a new sentence to the theme and a new virtue, which ironically, is "virtue".  There is also way cooler "stuff:"


I pulled out my old Young Women scrapbook when I found out I was getting called, and it provided lots of entertainment.  Everything looks so dated, and it was not that long ago.


 **me and my Young Women presidency when I was a Beehive (12-13 year old age group).  I am in charge of the Beehives now. 1997.

**Sis. Adams and I at a New Beginnings themed around family.  They always force one leader to throw on her dress to get the girls excited about Temple marriage.  I donated my dress to charity for just that reason. 1998.

**my parents and I at the "Family" New Beginnings. Still 1998.

This new calling means Wednesday night activities, Sunday lessons, Girl's Camp, visits with the girls, and leadership meetings.  I am nervous, excited, and honored to have this opportunity to serve.
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